In response to Christianity Today's Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli siding with the Democrats on impeachment and removal of President Trump from office, Rev. Franklin Graham denounced the publication for invoking his father -- Pastor Billy Graham, who voted for Trump -- and explained that Galli and CT represent the "elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism."
In a Dec. 19 editorial at Christianity Today, Galli, who is retiring in January, said "Trump should be removed from office" and, accepting the Democrats' version of events with the Ukraine phone call, claimed that Trump violated the Constitution and acted in a "profoundly immoral" way.
Galli also said that Trump "is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused."
In a Dec. 20 post on Facebook, Rev. Franklin Graham responded, "Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office -- and they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is important for me to respond."
"Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece," said Franklin Graham. "In fact, he would be very disappointed."
"I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now," said Graham. "My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation."
Graham continued, "For Christianity Today to side with the Democrat Party in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable. Christianity Today failed to acknowledge that not one single Republican voted with the Democrats to impeach the President."
"I know a number of Republicans in Congress, and many of them are strong Christians," said the reverend. "If the President were guilty of what the Democrats claimed, these Republicans would have joined with the Democrats to impeach him. But the Democrats were not even unanimous—two voted against impeachment and one voted present.
"This impeachment was politically motivated, 100% partisan," he said. "Why would Christianity Today choose to take the side of the Democrat left whose only goal is to discredit and smear the name of a sitting president? They want readers to believe the Democrat leadership rather than believe the President of the United States."
"Look at all the President has accomplished in a very short time," said Graham. "The economy of our nation is the strongest it has been in 50 years, ISIS & the caliphate have been defeated, and the President has renegotiated trade deals to benefit all Americans."
"The list of accomplishments is long, but for me as a Christian, the fact that he is the most pro-life president in modern history is extremely important," he said, "and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that, to say it doesn’t count? The President has been a staunch defender of religious freedom at home and around the world—and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that?"
"Also the President has appointed conservative judges in record number—and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that?" said Graham. "Christianity Today feels he should be removed from office because of false accusations that the President emphatically denies.
The reverend continued, "Christianity Today said it’s time to call a spade a spade. The spade is this -- Christianity Today has been used by the left for their political agenda. It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism."
"Is President Trump guilty of sin?" said Rev. Graham. "Of course he is, as were all past presidents and as each one of us are, including myself. Therefore, let’s pray for the President as he continues to lead the affairs of our nation."
Nearly 200 evangelical leaders and lay people sent a letter to Christianity Today denouncing its attack on their religious beliefs and on the president.
"[W]e are Bible-believing Christians and patriotic Americans who are simply grateful that our President has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies that protect the unborn, promote religious freedom … and ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel,” reads the letter.
The letter was signed by evangelicals such as Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.), and Jerry Falwell Jr., reported the New York Post.
In a Dec. 20 tweet, President Trump remarked that Christianity Today is "a far left magazine, or very 'progressive,' as some would call it, which has been doing poorly and hasn’t been involved with the Billy Graham family for many years.... No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage."
Pastor Robert Jeffress, who leads the 14,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas., told Fox News that people need to understand that Christianity Today is a "dying magazine" in terms of circulation and has been "Never Trump from the beginning."
"They are diametrically opposed in their moral view to millions of evangelical Christians who support this president," said Jeffress.